Painted pebbles

Activity

Painted pebbles are fun to make and can be used to add colour to your garden, balcony, windowsill and plant pots, or as a learning tool.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Maths, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Create colourful, decorative stones
  • Can be used to identify different garden crops
  • Can be used to help with numeracy

Preparation

Go on a walk to find some suitable pebbles or stones or you can buy flat, round pebbles from DIY shops and garden centres.

Wash the pebbles and dry them before you begin.

Ask your group/children to think about what they want to paint on their pebbles. 

Equipment

  • Medium sized pebbles or stones
  • Pencil
  • Coloured permanent pens or paint for decoration
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrushes

Step by step

  1. Ask your group/children to draw a design onto their pebble/stone with a pencil. If it's too dark or rough to draw on, they can draw it out onto some paper.
  2. Colour in the design using paints or permanent pens. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  3. When the paint is dry, take a clean brush and carefully cover the pebble in PVA glue or varnish to make it weatherproof. Leave to dry.
  4. Now they're ready to use!

Hints & tips

  • Paint pictures or write the names of your garden crops onto the pebbles so you can see what you've planted. It can also help children learn how to identify different fruits and vegetables.
  • Paint numbers and mathematical symbols (e.g. + - x =) to use when teaching numeracy.
  • Paint pebbles with blackboard paint to create reusable labels for your plants. Just write on with chalk and rub off when you need to change it.
  • Make a set of pebble letters for younger children to practice spelling.
  • Paint/draw uplifting pictures or messages onto the pebbles and leave them out in the woods or park for other people to find. 
  • Make a game! Hide the pebbles around the garden or house and see how quickly they can be found or who can find the most in 10 minutes.

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